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Eight Muppet annuals were published in the United Kingdom, between 1977 and 1984.

1977

The first Annual contains photographs, comics and games based on the first season of The Muppet Show. This 60-page book was published by Brown Watson.

Contents

"Meet the Muppets"
"It's the Muppet Show": 8-page comic strip of a fictional Muppet Show episode, featuring "guest stars" Ferdie and Liza
Fozzie Bear's joke page
"Kermit in London"
"How to build your own Muppet Theatre"
Kermit's Puzzle Page
"Dance Floor Capers" (comic strip based on "At the Dance")
"The Muppet Music Makers": photos of The Electric Mayhem
"Like to find a lost Goldmine?": 2-page board game
"Make your own Muppet puppets"
"The All-at-Sea Muppet Game"
"Muppet Picture Gallery": Rowlf, Sam, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Sweetums, The Swedish Chef, Miss Piggy, The Country Trio, and The Muppet News Reporter
"Muppet Medical Mirth"
"It's the Muppet Show": 8-page comic of a Muppet Show episode, featuring "guest star" Salome Salame
"The Show Must Go On!": 2-page board game

Trivia

  • Crazy Harry is referred to in a picture caption as "Mad Harry".
  • The Newsman is referred to in a picture caption as "The Muppet News Reporter".
  • This is the only book that refers to Miss Piggy as Miss Piggy Lee, which has been cited erroneously as the character's original name. She calls herself this in one of the annual's comics.

1978

This 60-page book was published by Brown Watson.

The second Annual contains photographs, comics, and games based on the second and third seasons of The Muppet Show.

1979

The third Annual contains 60 pages of photographs, comics and games based on the third season of The Muppet Show. One of the comics in the book is Holiday Haunt.

The book was designed by Bruce McNally, Les Skinner and John Stevenson, with comics by Graham Thompson.

The book was released in the US in softcover as Muppet Madness.

1980

This 60-page book was published by Grandreams Limited.

1981

This 60-page book was published by Grandreams Limited.

The fifth Annual contains photographs, comics and games based on the fifth season of The Muppet Show, and The Great Muppet Caper.

1982

This 60-page book was published by Grandreams Limited.

The sixth Annual contains stories, games and puzzles based on The Muppet Show.

Stories

  • "Punfight at the K.O. Corral": Kid Fozzie is "the fastest pun in the west", keeping the sleepy town of Muppet Gulch groaning. J.P. Crosse (sic) and the James Boys rob the town's bank, and the only one who can stop them is Marshal Kermit. He challenges them to a shootout at high noon. Kid Fozzie ends up chasing the bad guys away by telling them riddles. Link Hogthrob shows up with the cavalry, just a moment too late to help anyone.
  • "Kermit's Christmas Diary": Robin tells his Uncle Kermit that what he really wants for Christmas is to spend Christmas Day with Santa Claus -- after he's delivered all his presents on Christmas Eve, he can come spend the day at the Muppet Theater. Kermit knows Santa, because they're both in POPCORNS -- a club for fictional characters. (POPCORNS stands for "People Other People Consider to be Other than Real Normal Specimens".) Robin comes to a POPCORNS meeting, and invites Santa over. Santa is delighted -- nobody's ever invited him before. However, on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus calls Kermit, and tells him that Santa broke a runner on the sleigh, and can't come over. Everyone is disappointed, but Miss Piggy saves the day by dressing up as "Mother Christmas". (written by Jerry Juhl, illustrated by Bruce McNally)
  • "The Muppets' Holiday Haunt": The Muppets are driving to a vacation spot, but a storm brews, and a lightning bolt destroys the bridge they're about to travel over. They decide to stop somewhere until the storm passes and they end up at a spooky, haunted castle. The resident monsters think they're going to scare the Muppets, but they don't know what they're in for. Sweetums scares the dragon, Thog puts out the giant saber-toothed cat, and Gonzo asks the headless ghost for pointers on his trick. The monsters are so spooked by the Muppets that they decide to go on a vacation themselves.

1983

This 60-page book was published by Grandreams Limited.

The seventh Annual reproduces the graphic novel Muppets at Sea, as well as photographs, comics and games.

1984

This 60-page book was published by Grandreams Limited.

The eighth Annual recycles pieces from previous Annuals, and adds five pages of photographs of the Muppet Babies characters.

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